PARAMUS, N.J. -- Over the weekend, Mrs. Sabrina Bernath, the chair of the Frisch Math Department, and a team of six juniors went to Yale University to take part in the "Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools." The Frisch School is in Paramus.
MMATHS is an annual contest organized by students at Yale, Columbia and the University of Florida. It's goal is to "provide an engaging platform for high school students of all mathematics backgrounds to compete together and develop a deeper interest and appreciation for mathematics."
Previously, the exam was only on a Saturday. This year, however, two Yale students worked to ensure "mathletes" from Orthodox day schools were also able to compete, on Sunday.
Frisch competed against and with six-student teams from Yeshiva of Flatbush and Kushner. The questions weren't exactly basic. Here's a sample:
Let w, x, y, and z be distinct integers. Call an ordering statement any true statement of the form 'a<b' where a and b are each one of w, x, y,and z. What is the minimum number of distinct ordering statements necessary to determine the correct ordering of all the numbers w, x, y, z?
In the team category, Frisch lost by a small margin. In a later round, students competed individually to be the highest scorer among the three schools. Dov G., a Frisch junior, came in second.
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